Washington, MO

Washington, MO

Limited mobility does not have to follow you for the rest of your life. Call Axes Physical Therapy for proven, tailored treatment plans to get you back to what you love doing most.

Mobility in Washington, MO. Our bodies are built to move. But sometimes, our bodies don’t work the way they should and it impedes us from our favorite activities, or even just being able to carry out or daily live pain-free. While experiencing pain and other factors that affect mobility also have an impact on our emotional well-being, Axes Physical Therapy in Washington, MO offers treatment plans that have been proven to work and that are built specifically to you, your age, and your desired activity level. Regardless of whether your mobility is limited because of an injury, a degenerative condition, or a musculoskeletal condition such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible movement health and meaningful pain relief as soon as possible by setting up an appointment with Axes today or calling the the one of our multiple locations nearest you.

The dictionary definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that is as simple as picking up their grandchildren without pain, while for others it may mean making a diving catch in their softball league. Whatever mobility means to you, if your mobility is severely restricted speak with a physician to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in Washington, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to complete daily tasks. This includes anything from moving around in bed or carrying a cup of coffee to the living room and sitting on the couch. Fundamentally, functional mobility can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed with ease.
  2. Transfers — Whether or not you are able to switch between surfaces, for example from one chair to another.
  3. Ambulation Whether or not you can walk, and can do so while carrying things.

If you cannot currently complete some or all of the activities above without the aid of a person or assistive device, the Washington, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are dedicated to getting your autonomy back. Whether you currently lack full functional mobility due to a knee injury, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to the best possible mobility. Most treatment plans include strengthening, balance, and flexibility movements. We also offer vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.

The seven level Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is the main way to evaluate functional mobility in Washington, MO:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can achieve specific mobility thresholds without assistance and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform specific movements but only with a walker, a cane, or crutches
  3. Supervision, meaning you can complete the task independently but need someone next to you for safety
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while a physical therapist does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about 50% of the work needed
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can put in a quarter of the work of the task without assistance
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in 25% of the work required, or that the activity is not safe to test

At Axes Physical Therapy in Washington, MO, your customized treatment plan may include gradually taking you from the first level to the highest level possible. All of our treatment plans are based on what research says can improve your mobility, and your dedicated physical therapist will begin your mobility treatment with a thorough examination of your health to verify that the exercises we have in mind for you are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Washington, MO

Obviously, many of us desire a higher level of movement health than just rolling over in bed without assistance. There are fast breaks to run, fun activities to share with your family, and the vocational tasks you need to perform every day in order to put food on the table for your Washington, MO family. At Axes, we offer comprehensive physical and occupational physical therapy that can help any athlete, worker, or family member reach the optimal movement health they need to get back to the activities they love. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Washington, MO occupational therapists are crucial to your return to work when an injury or condition does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job. We team up with you and your physician, insurance carrier, attorney and employer so you can get back to helping our Washington, MO community and supporting your family as you want to. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine if you can safely go back to work either fully or in some capacity.
  • Sports therapy The last thing anyone who loves playing sports wants to experience is a sudden fall or collision that keeps them off the field or court for anywhere from a couple weeks to a year. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in Washington, MO will help you restore your mobility and get you back on the field or court as soon as is safely possible. Our Certified Athletic Trainers can also educate you on the specifics of injury prevention to help you reduce the risk of having to go through an injury again.
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation Surgery and your recovery from it are delicate matters that make anyone nervous. Whether your surgery is a matter of choice or a strong recommendation from a physician, we’ll work with your physician and surgeons to form a complete surgical team to help you feel confident in your treatment, and formulate an effective game plan to get the best possible outcome from your procedure.

However limited you currently are in your mobility, and the extent to wish you want to improve it, consult with your Washington, MO doctor about whether or not physical therapy is advisable, or visit one of our locations for a complimentary injury screening from a qualified physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Washington, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility

Our mobility is based on our strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance:

  • Strength — While physical therapy can help rebuild muscle after an injury and slow the weakening of muscles as we age, it also helps to make sure no muscle is stronger or weaker than it should be in relation to the muscles around it. Surrounding our joints with healthy and equally strong muscles is essential in preventing injury and improving your mobility.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To achieve optimal movement health, our muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen so that the joints they control and protect can function at their highest level.
  • Balance — Problems with balance are usually caused by:
    • Problems with vision
    • A vestibular issue, or a problem in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, or the network between your sensory receptors and your nervous system

A professional physical therapist in Washington, MO will find the root of your mobility issues and develop a treatment plan, based on empirical research to get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy most. Beyond therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If required, a physical therapist in Washington, MO can also mold your very own medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to help you achieve the best possible mobility.

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How Physical Therapy in Washington, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

The benefits of physical therapy go beyond just getting around easier, getting back to work, or getting back on the field. As we work to reach optimal movement health, you’ll also see the following benefits:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without having to use costly and potentially habit forming prescription drugs
  • In some cases, the potential to avoid surgery by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Patient education, including exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home with no risk to injury, what you can do to prevent injuries, and correct posture
  • Motivating you to maintain an active lifestyle, carries with it the benefits of enhanced energy, decreases your risk of heart disease, helps control weight, improves your mood, and encourages your body to get a full 8 hours of sleep

Other services we offer in Washington, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to type, are in need of meaningful pain management for sciatica, or want to return to your active lifestyle following acute trauma, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists is here to help you get back to what you love doing most. We employ a an approach that focuses on personalized treatment. To restore the level of mobility you deserve, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brittany Stapp
Front Office Supervisor
Kelsey Kessler
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Buddy Pich
PT, CMPT
Sara Dowil
OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
Kelly Basler
Front Office
Megan Mason
OTD, OTR/L

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